East African Playgrounds

Play for Half A Million!

Help us give HALF A MILLION children in East Africa access to a safe and fun place to play, by our 10th anniversary in 2020. With your help, we will build on what we've already achieved, expanding our play programme in refugee settlements and deprived communities across Uganda.

history Campaign has now closed

It ran from 12:00 PM, 28 November 2017 to 12:00 PM, 5 December 2017

Registered Charity in England and Wales (1172875)

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Check mark Match funded

Campaign target

£8,000

Amount raised

£13,812

Donations

84

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Location

Situation

Play is vital for children’s learning, wellbeing and healthy brain development – the UN even includes the right to play in its Convention on the Rights of the Child. But, in communities across East Africa, play isn't seen as a priority by adults, and children spend their time helping with chores or looking for work instead. In school, ineffective 'rote' teaching methods are used, and children don't get the chance to learn through play. Existing play facilities are poor quality and unsafe.

Solution

Across Uganda, we are creating conditions where play can flourish: • providing children in communities with fun, high quality, sustainable and child-centred playgrounds • training teachers in the importance of play as part of the school curriculum • training communities in the importance of play for children’s development, learning and wellbeing Children will get the chance to have fun, relax and enjoy their childhoods, as well as improving their wellbeing, social and physical skills.

  • ‚ÄòI travelled to this settlement with my two younger brothers. It took us five days. We are pleased to see a place where we can play and meet different children.'

    — Young South Sudanese refugee, Bidibidi refugee settlement, Uganda

  • 'The playground has changed our school environment. It's allowed us a chance to play and release our energy in a new, exciting way.'

    — Precious, aged 13, Butagaya Primary School, Uganda

  • 'Working and learning with East African Playgrounds was very good for me and my confidence. I know now what real working is like and what I could achieve.'

    — Matthew, former street child and a participant in East African Playgrounds' apprenticeship/internship scheme.

  • ‘I travelled to this settlement with my two younger brothers. It took us five days. We are pleased to see a place where we can play and meet different children.'

    — Young South Sudanese refugee, Bidibidi refugee settlement, Uganda

  • 'The playground has changed our school environment. It's allowed us a chance to play and release our energy in a new, exciting way.'

    — Precious, aged 13, Butagaya Primary School, Uganda

  • 'Working and learning with East African Playgrounds was very good for me and my confidence. I know now what real working is like and what I could achieve.'

    — Matthew, former street child and a participant in East African Playgrounds' apprenticeship/internship scheme.